I’m glad you asked!
1. The SWFA Election Ballot — The whole mailing package included the ballot, an envelope for the ballot (which we are not supposed to seal), a cover letter which has to be returned with the ballot, an envelope for ballot, ballot envelope and cover letter, and a six page mailing with the candidate platforms. The candidate platforms are arranged in alphabetical order, which means I had to endure the quickest of glances at Andrew Burt’s insipid “Greetings, Gentlebeings!” salutation one more time.
For SFWA president I voted for Russell Davis, of course, and I hope every other SFWA member will also do so, up to and including Andrew Burt, because it would be nice to see him do something positive for the organization. The ballot will be back out in the mail tomorrow; I like voting early.
2. The Amazing Spider-Girl comic book –This is for Athena. She saw a copy somewhere and wanted more, and we thought, eh, why not. I personally was unaware that there was a Spider-Girl; this Wikipedia article tells me that she’s the daughter of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Parker, presumably at some unspecified point in the future, or maybe in an alternate universe, or some such. Now if I remember correctly, there’s some fracas going on in the Marvel universe in which Peter and Mary Jane apparently never marry or fall in love or some such thing, but then again, given that everybody in comic book universes dies and come backs and future spawn off at all various points and things happen and are then taken back or whatever, I don’t think it really matters. Honestly, I don’t even know why people attempt to pretend comic books have anything approaching continuity anymore.
3. A letter of support for SFWA presidential candidate Russell Davis, signed by six former SFWA presidents and 30 other SFWAns, including myself — Because not every SFWA member reads stuff online, you know. Lucky bastards.
4. Bills — You don’t want to know about these. I don’t either, but I don’t have a choice.
5. Nine books sent to me — Mostly advance reader copies, and not all science fiction/fantasy. They are The Martian General’s Daughter, by Theodore Judson; Mr. Fooster Traveling on a Whim, by Tom Corwin; A Church of Her Own, by Sarah Sentilles; Dark Summit, by Nick Heil, Blood Matters, by Masha Gessen; 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense, by Michael Brooks; Moby Dick: A Screenplay, by Ray Bradbury; and UBIK: The Screenplay, by Philip K. Dick.
Nine books is bit more than I usually receive in one day (I usually get between one and four), but it’s not a record, either. Some of these are for consideration for a “Big Idea” slot, a couple are for an article I’m thinking about, and the rest are sent in the hope I’ll make mention of them or write them up. Well, um, yeah. That said, they all do look interesting, as do most of the books I get — I wish I had time to read them all. I’ll at least glance through them all.
6. A check — completion payment for Zoe’s Tale. We eat once more!
That’s my mail for today.